Tending Grief Series – Free Community Workshops

Date(s) - 09/10/2023 - 09/16/2023
10:00 am - 7:00 pm


More offerings from our partnership with Hospice and Grief Worker, Vida Hofweber:

Sunday, September 10: 

Vocal Grief Workshop

With Lorenza Simmons

At the Humboldt UU Fellowship

In the Memorial Garden

10 am 

(prior to the service)

In this workshop, we will be processing through and transforming deep grief, pain and frozen energy in our bodies through the power of our voices, group vocalization, plus collective & individual songwriting.  

Lorenza Simmons-Phillips is a music educator and performer hailing from a long line of musicians and musical healers. She is committed to sharing music with people from all ages and backgrounds. 


“Tending our Grief” Writing Circle 

4-6 pm

With Allison Radar & Vida Hofweber

Location: Online via Zoom

Please, register ahead of time by e-mailing Kaia Kordic at



We all need a safe space to come together to feel and share our hearts’ grief.  We need a place to be fully present with ourselves, each other and our world. There is much to grieve, both personally and collectively. 

During our time together, we will honor our sacred grief by sharing presence, ritual, music and deep listening. This space holds a warm welcome for the many faces and forms of grieving.  This workshop is offered in the style of Francis Weller.

Allison Radar (Lama Choyang) is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who worked for 5 years as a chaplain with Hospice of Humboldt.  Her root teachers are H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and his Dzogchen lineage holder, Lama Drimed Norbu. She completed seven years of retreat under Lama Drimed’s guidance and was ordained by him in 2009. Lama Choyang currently teaches Dharma and offers grief counseling, spiritual mentoring and end of life support in Arcata, CA on Zoom. 


Thursday, September 14: 

Somatic Grief Integration Workshop

With Vida Hofweber & Friends

11 am – 12 pm


Redwood Park (near the 14th St entrance)


In this workshop, we will be using somatic, body-oriented tools that support us in welcoming and integrating our big grief experiences. We will also work together in creating a regulated, unified field of experience and mutual sharing. 

Vida is a therapist, depth psychologist, artist, poet, grief circle facilitator and Hospice social worker.